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Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba, Nadi

Our Govern­ment must be con­grat­u­lated for its Ministry of Ed­u­ca­tion al­lo­ca­tion in our 2016/2017 Na­tional bud­get; it sim­ply sig­ni­fies its pri­or­ity and com­mit­ment to our fu­ture Fi­jian leader’s ed­u­ca­tional wel­fare and this is all about cor­rect­ing the many in­jus­tices of the past.

To make Fiji a lit­er­ate coun­try it re­quires a leader with the po­lit­i­cal will to make the nec­es­sary change, a vi­sion­ary with a well bal­anced men­tally and phys­i­cally fit strong in­di­vid­ual at the same time lead with an iron fist to im­ple­ment and stand by their in­clu­sive poli­cies. The lead­ers must be one whom are seen de­ter­mined to crack the whip and say, hey this is where the prob­lem is, in­crease the bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion and re­view our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with its var­i­ous re­spec­tive poli­cies to move for­ward so we can all col­lec­tively progress. An amaz­ing feat by Govern­ment through its ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives poli­cies from its Free Kinder­garten with its first time guar­an­teed teach­ers pay pol­icy through year 1-8 ele­men­tary and year 10-13 high school and its now Free Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Cam­pus of which Nadroga and Navosa is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent from this won­der­ful vi­sion. What our Govern­ment is de­liv­er­ing to the na­tion was ex­actly what it promised all Fi­jians through its party man­i­festo pre-elec­tion that it will de­liver ex­actly when they are voted back demo­crat­i­cally to gov­ern.

There is ab­so­lutely no truth in pol­i­tick­ing or in that the Fi­jiFirst party is cam­paign­ing in all these as claimed by the op­po­si­tion party mem­bers and it is only de­liv­er­ing its un­der­tak­ings on what a good vi­sion­ary Govern­ment will al­ways in­clu­sively nor­mally do.

Ed­u­ca­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tion, it changes many things and it is a fan­tas­tic ar­mour. Per­haps Govern­ment will con­sider af­ter they have low­ered our coun­try’s debt lev­els, they might want to smartly con­sider Free Uni­ver­sity for all el­i­gi­ble Fi­jians af­ter 2018, but only for those pro­fes­sions our coun­try lacks the nec­es­sary num­bers. We must there­fore tread very care­fully and re­search how many large world economies have suc­cess­fully or have failed in im­ple­ment­ing such a scheme to date? We must not rush it just be­cause we see other na­tions are ap­ply­ing and can af­ford to im­ple­ment the same.

Right now let’s main­tain our pri­or­i­ties through our Na­tional Bud­get but prac­ti­cally let’s live and see things through within our own means.

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